European Seismological Commission

Resolutions as adopted in Lisbon 2000

Data from historical monuments


that seismic hazard assessments depend generally on knowledge of the effects of earthquakes over long periods of time (up to at least 500 years),


that most historical records prior to 1900 are focused on damage to monumental buildings such as castles, churches, mosques and towers,

The ESC recommends

that a basic ‘code of practice’ be established for the evaluation of the effects of earthquakes on historical monuments taking into account their structural integrity together with their regional and time dependent characteristics.

Macroseismic field investigation missions


that a damaging earthquake is a unique opportunity to collect pertinent data which otherwise might be lost. This fact refers specially to macroseismic data, which have to be collected in the immediate aftermath, before the cleaning and reconstruction process has started,

The ESC recommends

to explore possibilities that a field investigation team be formed for immediate post-earthquake surveys collecting and evaluating macroseismic data;

the new EMS-98 scale, should be applied;

the data gathered on these missions is disseminated rapidly to the whole seismological community via the Internet and subsequent publications

ESC countries welcome this initiative to explore the possibilities and identify the difficulties of implementing such field investigating missions.

European institutions and other sources will be approached for financial support under ESC auspices.



the hard work of the Local Organising Committee in arranging the XXVII General Assembly of the ESC in Lisbon, and noting the success of the sessions, and fruitful outcomes of many meetings and debates, the ESC Council


the LOC for all their efforts in this city of the famous 1755 earthquake, which have resulted in such a memorable conference.


ESC/SSA Travel Grant to attend the 2024 SSA Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

Apply for the ESC/SSA travel grant by the deadline of 30 November 2023! Seismologists from any member state of the ESC are eligble to apply. We encourage in particular students and early-career researchers to consider applying. More information can be found here.

From the ESC Working Groups:

Visit the website of the WG Preservation, valorisation and analysis of seismological legacy data

Visit the website of the WG Harmonizing Internet Macroseismology in Europe 

Contribute to the Portal of the ESC WG on Communication here

Get to know the website of the FAULT2SHA Working Group and find out forthcoming activities! The WG promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.


Find out about the Young Seismologist Training Course here.


What were the past General Assemblies of the ESC like? Find out! Interesting documentation has been made easily accessible.

This list summarizes the files.


Sadly we announce the loss of esteemed and beloved colleagues and friends:

Older obituaries can be found here.